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England vs Japan FIFA U17 World Cup LIVE

England’s Young Lions will aim to take another step at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Tuesday afternoon when they face Japan in the last-16 in Kolkata, India.

Having completed the group stage with a 100 per cent record, Steve Cooper’s side have underlined their status as one of the tournament favourites.

But England will be without one of their star performers, Jadon Sancho, who has been recalled by his club Borussia Dortmund.

Join ADAM SHERGOLD for live coverage of this match, which kicks off at 3.30pm UK time.

17:13
86min – Smith Rowe causing problems

Now England try attacking down the right-hand side with Smith Rowe and from his cross the keeper Tani decides to punch the ball out while diving. He gets away with it as Japan clear their lines again.

17:12
85min – Kirby shot blocked

A superb chance for England. Again it all comes thanks to the work of Hudson-Odoi, whose quick feet on the left works space for a cross.

It isn’t the best cut-back but Kirby comes in to shoot and Japan manage to get enough bodies in the way.

17:11
83min – England pushing again

More good work by Callum Hudson-Odoi down the left and he tries to break through into the box. There’s a moment of pinball as Japan try and clear before they finally manage it.

A half-chance follows as Joel Latibeaudiere lifts a long ball into Smith Rowe, whose pace takes him into the box. He gets a shot away, but it goes wide.

17:06
78min – Final change for England

A third and final swap for England as George McEachran is replaced by Nya Kirby of Crystal Palace.

England should have plenty of fresh legs in the middle of the park for these final 12 minutes.

17:04
76min – Japan shot

The enthusiastic announcer in the stadium confirmed the attendance tonight is 53,000 – there have been some impressive crowds in this tournament.

Meanwhile, Anderson is called into action again to make a low save. Japan just asking a few questions as we enter the final phase of the game.

17:01
74min – Hydration break

Japan with their fourth corner of the match and it’s cleared at the near post. The quality of their deliveries has been patchy but England need to be on their guard.

It’s now time for the second-half hydration break and then it’s into the final 15 minutes.

16:57
69min – Japan shot

That’s probably the bets shot Japan have mustered in the game. Takefusa Kubo is allowed space to run into and drills a low shot that Curtis Anderson, who hasn’t been that busy tonight, gets down to save. Another warning.

16:56
68min – Another England change

A second change for England with Tashan Oakley-Boothe is taken off and Morgan Gibbs White.

Have to say Oakley-Boothe has played brilliantly today – passing was spot on.

England's Callum Hudson-Odoi controls the ball past Japanese players

16:52
64min – England sub

Time for another change for England as Angel Gomes is taken off and Emile Smith Rowe comes on. It’s just not happened for Gomes tonight.

16:49
61min – Chance for Japan

Japan with a rare foray forward led by Kubo through the middle. Again the better placed team-mate to the left is ignored and it’s the most pathetic shot that dribbles well wide.

16:46
58min – Two more thrusts by England

Another attack by England, who are in total control here, and Hudson-Odoi gets in behind down the left. He could have shot himself but decided to centre and Foden ends up prodding it towards goal. It’s blocked on the edge of the six-yard box.

And after more good work by Hudson-Odoi, he flashes a ball across that evades everyone and Japan breathe again.

16:42
55min – Japan change

Another well-worked move by England that involves some patient build-up both in and around the penalty box. It ends with McEachran squeezing out a shot that is wide of the mark.

Keito Nakamura is replaced by Naoki Tsubaki in Japan’s first change of the day.

16:37
49min – McEachran shot saved

The direction of traffic after the break very much the same as the first. Now it’s the turn of George McEachran to test the reactions of the Japan goalkeeper with a low drive from outside the box.

It did take a deflection on the way through but Tani is able to adjust and save low down to his left. England keep hammering at the door.

George McEachran of England battles for the ball with Takefusa Kubo

16:35
48min – Foden almost in

England’s first chance of the second-half as Brewster chips a lovely ball over the Japanese defence in pursuit of Foden. The bounce of the ball just about makes it through to the keeper.

16:33
SECOND-HALF: Japan get us started again

We are underway in the second period in Kolkata and we await the first goal.

A reminder that we’ll go straight to a penalty shoot-out if it ends level.

16:17
HALF-TIME: England 0-0 Japan

The whistle blows and it’s goalless at the break despite England enjoying almost complete control of the contest. Rhian Brewster struck the outside of the post and they have forced a couple of easy saves, but no breakthrough as yet in this last-16 tie.

Angel Gomes (L) of England battles for the ball with Yuki Kobayashi

16:17
45+2min – Kozuki over the top

A last chance for Japan in stoppage time. The break through the middle and the ball comes to Kozuki, who completely ignores the fact Suzuki is in loads of space outside him and shoots over the bar.

16:15
45min – Two minutes added on

16:12
43min – England continue to press

Another opening for England as Foden controls nicely and strikes for goal on the half-volley. It takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.

From the set-piece, Brewster can’t quite twist his body far enough to direct a header on target.

16:10
40min – England almost in

More really nice play by England and Brewster is competing for the ball with Yuki Kobayashi and would have been clean through if he gets the ball. But he’s a little bit too physical and is penalised as the Japan defender falls to the floor.

Moments later, Foden gets a sight of goal but his low strike is an easy save for the keeper. England will be disappointed if they don’t grab a goal before half-time.

16:08
37min – Panzo cautioned

A booking for England defender Jonathan Panzo for fouling Keito Nakamura as Japan tried to break down the right.

From the free-kick, a little reminder for England to be switched on as the ball is worked across the box and Kozuki fires into the side-netting.

16:02
32min – Gomes almost in

Another flash of a chance for England. A lovely through pass by Oakley-Boothe into Gomes and the Manchester United man, who’d remained onside, couldn’t get a soft touch and it ran through to the keeper.

16:00
30min – Hydration break

With temperatures around the 30C mark in Kolkata, the two teams now enjoying a scheduled cooling break by taking on some fluids.

15:58
28min – Good chance for Foden

England well on top now. The ball breaks to them inside the box and Foden gets off a low strike. It is blocked by an outstretched leg just before it reaches the keeper Tani.

The Young Lions have just kicked up another gear in the last five minutes.

15:57
27min – Brewster hits the post

England’s best chance of the game so far. Foden is the architect, slipping through a pass into Brewster in the corner of the box. It’s a powerful and clean strike and it rattles the outside of the post and flies out. Unlucky for the Liverpool man.

15:54
22min – Sessegnon poor cross

A quick break by England down the right led by Phil Foden, with Steven Sessegnon keeping pace on the overlap. Eventually he feeds the Fulham man but his cross is really poor and the momentum is lost.

15:48
18min – Kubo off target

Japan on the break again and their No 7 Takefusa Kubo decides to try his luck from 25 yards. It flies high and wide.

Another reminder for England that Japan will pose them a threat on the counter, however.

15:44
14min – Brewster tests Tani

Blistering pace by Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi gets England on their way but he doesn’t shoot when the chances comes and it breaks down temporarily.

But then Angel Gomes retrieves and feeds Brewster, who doesn’t get the cleanest of contacts and it’s an easy save for Tani.

15:41
11min – Kobayashi booked

England on the attack again and Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster is crudely wrestled to the ground by Japan’s Yuki Kobayashi, who is shown the game’s first yellow card.

The defender will now be walking the tightrope for the rest of the game.

15:39
9min – Japan taking some risks

Japan taking unnecessary risks by trying to play the ball around at the back. Moments after goalkeeper Kosei Tani has to perform a risky header just outside his penalty box, he is forced to punt the ball out under pressure.

Phil Foden then takes a corner for England but it’s too late for Jonathan Panzo at the back post. A waste of a set-piece for England.

15:35
5min – Kozuki tests Anderson

But from their first attack, Japan get the first shot on goal and it’s a good save by Curtis Anderson, who dived low to push the ball out.

The shot was by Soichiro Kozuki, who was able to collect the ball wide on the left, cut infield and finding a shooting angle.

A moment of alarm for England and a warning they must heed.

15:33
3min – Bright start by England

England have dominated possession so far and that is likely to be the pattern for most of the contest. But England being pinned back by the high press of the Japanese opponents.

Tashan Oakley-Boothe has looked the most positive on the ball for England so far.

15:30
Kick-off: England get us underway

England forward Rhian Brewster gets the ball rolling in front of what is a very large crowd in Kolkata.

15:29
Anthems and handshakes

The formalities of the national anthems – first England and then Japan – and the handshakes before Venezuelan referee Jose Argote calls the two captains to the middle for the coin toss.

The winner of today’s last-16 tie will go on to play the United States at the weekend in the quarter-finals.

15:28
A reminder of today’s England line-up

Anderson; Latibeaudiere, Panzo, Guehi, Sessegnon; McEachran, Oakley-Boothe; Foden, Gomes (c), Hudson-Odoi; Brewster

15:24
The teams are in the tunnel

England, Japan and the match officials are assembled in the tunnel at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata and are now walking out onto the field.

The Young Lions side coming out in white tracksuit tops but will be in the usual home kits this afternoon. Japan in their familiar blue colours.

15:20
All the last-16 results and fixtures

Yesterday

Colombia 0-4 Germany

Paraguay 0-5 United States

Today

Iran 2-1 Mexico

France 1-2 Spain

England vs Japan

Mali vs Iraq

Tomorrow

Ghana vs Niger

Brazil vs Honduras

15:17

his extraordinary year for youth football in England gets better by the day.

Following on the heels of the Under-20’s World Cup triumph in Korea this year, and the Under-19’s victory in the European championships, now it’s the turn of the Under-17’s to take centre stage.

The Indian public has been enthralled by Steve Cooper’s charges who have taken their World Cup group in Kolkata by the scruff of the neck and rattled in 11 goals, dispatching Iraq 4-0 on Saturday having already beaten Chile by the same margin, as well as seeing off Mexico 3-2.

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Daniel Loader celebrates after scoring against Iraq

15:14

England made it two wins from two at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in India but almost surrendered a three-goal lead against dogged Mexico.

Steve Cooper’s Young Lions were cruising at 3-0 with only 25 minutes to play, with the likes of Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden running rings around their opponents in a classy and dominant performance.

A spectacular free-kick just before half-time by Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster was a deserved reward for England’s first-half control and they went for the kill after the break.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi on the charge for England against Mexico

15:09

England made the perfect start to their Under 17 World Cup campaign with a dominant victory over Chile.

Following a summer of success in the younger age grades – including winning the Under 20 World Cup and reaching the Euro Under 21 semi-finals – England are seeking more success in this tournament, held in India.

They certainly have begun the right way, with Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho scoring twice after Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi gave them the lead inside five minutes.

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14:57

You may recognise some of the names involved for England today from club matches, or perhaps their exploits earlier in the competition.

But if anyone is a little unfamiliar then I’ve put together a little profile for everyone.

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Rhian Brewster celebrates his free-kick goal against Mexico

14:44

One name you’ll notice is missing from the England team is Jadon Sancho.

The Borussia Dortmund playmaker has been recalled by his club with the potential that he might make his debut for them.

Sancho moved to Dortmund from Manchester City back in August and is hotly tipped to be a star of the future there.

He’ll certainly be a miss for England today having performed brilliantly in the group games.

FULL DETAILS HERE

14:30
Here’s the Japan line up

Tani; Kobayashi, Hirakawa, Sugawara, Kida, Kubo, Fukuoka (c), Miyashiro, Nakamura, Kozuki, Suzuki

14:29
Here’s how England will line up this afternoon

Anderson; Latibeaudiere, Panzo, Guehi, Sessegnon; McEachran, Oakley-Boothe; Foden, Gomes (c), Hudson-Odoi; Brewster

14:26
Can England go all the way?

The sight of England in the knockout stages of tournaments is a familiar one, but an experience usually followed swiftly by failure and heartache (often on penalties).

But it’s just possible that our younger age groups are beginning to buck this trend of disappointment.

Our under-20 team were crowned champions of the world back in August and now the under-17s are hoping to follow suit.

Steve Cooper’s team reached the knockout stage of the Under-17 World Cup in India with a 100 per cent record in the group.

They thrashed Chile 4-0 in their opening game, edged Mexico 3-2 and then rounded it off with a 4-0 drubbing of Iraq with a much-altered team.

This afternoon they begin the knockout stages with a last-16 tie against Japan in Kolkata and there’s no doubt England are among the favourites to go all the way.

The game kicks off at 3.30pm and you can follow all the action here. We’ll have the confirmed team news shortly.

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